Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems

Published by Hyperion Books for Children 

Summary:  Nanette is a young frog who is in for a big day—she gets to go the bakery and buy the baguette.  She leaves the kitchenette and is out the door.  On her way, she sees Georgette, Suzette, and Bret, who is with his pet, Antoinette.  Soon she arrives at Baker Juliette’s, where she gets the best baguette yet.  But on the way home, the warmth and wonderful smell prove too much for Nanette, and she eats the entire baguette!  Plagued by guilt, she considers taking a jet to Tibet, but decides instead to return home and confess all.  Her mother is quite forgiving, and back they go to the bakery together to pick up another baguette.  So don’t fret.  Or sweat.  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Mo Willems keeps his fingers firmly on the preschool pulse.  Goofiness informs all the illustrations and the multiple “—et” rhymes will keeps kids in stitches.

Cons:  The conspicuous absence of Chet from DeSmet.  Not to mention Janet.

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